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Body appointed commissioner


Kay Goodwin, secretary of education and the arts, today announced that Troy Body has been appointed acting commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, effective July 1. Body has served the Division as deputy commissioner since December 2002.

“Troy’s combination of talent and experience make him uniquely qualified for his new position,” said Goodwin. “As deputy commissioner, he has demonstrated unsurpassed commitment to serving the people of West Virginia, and the depth of his dedication is equaled only by the breadth of his skill and knowledge. He is passionate about the Division’s work of preserving and promoting West Virginia’s rich cultural heritage and I take great pleasure in announcing his appointment.”

Nancy P. Herholdt, who has served as commissioner since February 2001, has resigned to accept the position of director of education for the Division. In her new position, Herholdt will be responsible for developing programming and outreach services for the Division’s network of museums and historic sites, including the West Virginia State Museum at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol complex. The West Virginia State Museum, which is undergoing renovation, will reopen early next year with 23,000 square feet of new exhibits featuring the state’s culture and history.

“I am excited that the Division of Culture and History has the opportunity to direct Nancy’s considerable talents toward developing and guiding the agency’s educational activities,” added Goodwin. ”During her tenure as commissioner, she built a legacy of finding new avenues to make the Division’s resources more readily available to the public, and I am confident that in her new role she will provide creative, focused leadership that will result in first-rate educational programs.”

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my term as commissioner. It’s been extremely rewarding work and I look forward to many new challenges ahead as I focus my efforts on helping this agency expand its educational programming, particularly in conjunction with the new museum,” said Herholdt.

For more information, contact Ginny Painter, director of public information, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 120.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone (304) 558-0220, ext. 120
Fax (304) 558-2779